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Are Public Entities Immune From Responsibility for Injuries that Occur in Parking Lots Adjacent to Recreational Properties?

In Illinois, cities and other public entities are not responsible for injuries that occur on property intended primarily for recreational use. However, it isn’t always clear whether that immunity extends to nearby spaces such as sidewalks and parking lots. In the case of Rexroad v. City of Springfield, the Illinois Supreme Court considers… Read more →

Is an Employer Responsible when a Delirious Employee Bites a Nurse?

It is common for employees to become ill or injured at work. Sometimes, these maladies are severe enough for the employee to seek medical treatment at a clinic or hospital. In the case of Widlowski vs. Durkee Foods, the Illinois Supreme Court considers whether employers can be held liable when their employees seriously… Read more →

Are Cities Responsible When Distracted Pedestrians Are Injured by Falling on Poorly Maintained Sidewalks?

It is common for public sidewalks to fall into disrepair, especially when they are located near large trees with extensive root systems. This can cause the walkways to crack, buckle, become uneven, and otherwise pose a danger to pedestrians. In the case of Bruns v. City of Centralia,the Illinois Appellate Court considers whether… Read more →

Can Companies Be Held Responsible When Their Employees’ Family Members Become Ill as a Result of an Employee’s Asbestos Exposure?

Prior to the 1980s, asbestos was a common building material in Illinois and throughout the United States. As the public learned of the serious health risks associated with asbestos exposure, however, safe alternatives took its place. Unfortunately, a substantial number of workers were routinely exposed to asbestos prior to this shift. As a… Read more →

Retail Stores Can Be Responsible for Injuries Caused by “Obvious” Dangers When the Store Should Anticipate Victims Will Become Distracted, Forget a Known Risk, or Fail to Protect Against It

It is common for customers to purchase large, bulky merchandise from mass retailers such as Kmart and Walmart. It is also common for shoppers to carry these purchases out of the building and into the store parking lot. This can be awkward at best; at worst, it may lead to serious injury because… Read more →

Are Bars Responsible for Injuries Sustained by Intoxicated Patrons Who Ignore Posted Warnings About Dangerous Conditions?

Bar patrons often become intoxicated. Unfortunately, this can lead to poor decision making. Inebriated customers sometimes engage in dangerous behavior due to alcohol impairment, and they might even ignore clear signage that discourages particular behaviors. In the case of Smith v. The Purple Frog Inc., the Illinois Appellate Court considers whether business owners… Read more →

Are landowners and Lessees Responsible for Children Drowning in Ice-Covered Water?

Most children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring their surroundings, even when they recognize that doing so could be dangerous. Because of this, parks often contain fences that prevent children from leaving the grounds and playing in hazardous areas. In the case of Yacoub v. Chicago Parks District, the Illinois Appellate Court considers… Read more →

Who is Responsible for Injuries Sustained on a Subleased Property?

Throughout Illinois, subleasing is a common practice. However, it can lead to questions of liability when a third party is injured on the subleased premises. In the case of Wright v. Mr. Quick, Inc., the Illinois Supreme Court considers the question of whether the sublessee (the new tenant) or the sublessor (the original… Read more →

Are Property Owners Responsible for Injuries Sustained on their Land in Cases When the Injured Party Ignores a Dangerous Situation?

Property owners often invite guests onto their land. At times, these guests engage in dangerous conduct or disregard hazardous situations that arise. Unfortunately, this can result in serious injury. In the case of Lee v. Lee, the Illinois Appellate Court considers whether a property owner is responsible when guests are injured under these… Read more →

Are Landlords Responsible Damage to Tenant Property Stored in a Rented Warehouse?

When companies have an immediate need to lease storage space, they sometimes make quick decisions and choose facilities that aren’t ideal for their needs. This can lead to a number of undesirable results, including significant damage to tenant property. In the case of A.O. Smith Corp. v. Kaufman Grain Co., the Illinois Appellate… Read more →

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